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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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Reviews: 360
Hads: 1,504
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 2,950
Gots: 97 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Solomon420 on 02-13-2010

Made with Citra and Amarillo hops.
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Reviews: 360 | Hads: 1,504
Photo of AgentZero
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this growler.

A - Orange-yellow-amber colored beer with a forthy white head that has really nice retention. Some good, sticky lace on the sides.

S - Citra, the hops we all crave now. Great tropical fruit, almost jammy, not any real bitterness, at least the resiny kind that you get from lots of DIPAs. Smells very nice, quite light.

T - Taste is really good, but really, this is almost all citra hops, not getting much of a malt backbone here at all. Almost juice like in its taste, with tropical citrus hops being the only thing I'm getting. Good stuff, but I want a bit more fuller flavor.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, quite smooth.

O - Really great beer, easy to get down, probably a great DIPA to introduce people to if they need to try DIPAs. Not my favorite by a long shot, as I like them to get slightly more bitter and have a little more malt backbone, but this is a great beer nontheless. (938 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Nate for tossing in this bottle -- been dying to try Citra for far too long!

My god, this smells incredible: fresh fruits of many varieties, piney hops, sweet malt. Citra hops galore, tons of malt, very fruity. Think I prefer Knuckle Sandwich, but that's just splitting hairs over superlatives. This is utterly delicious and I need more of it, stat! (364 characters)

Photo of Bowman2001
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells mainly of citrus--mango, orange with pine in the background. First smell was very promising.

One finger head that largely disappeared to islands of light foam with a ring around the glass. Mild lacing.

More malt and pine in the taste but the citrus is still well represented. It certainly has a nice, oily, juicy hop character that makes me want to keep drinking. Though, five minutes after I wrote the last sentence, the malt is more apparent.

Overall: This is a very good dipa. I immediately compare it to other dipas that I like better, namely Pliny, maybe Hopslam. It falls in line with those beers but is not superior. Worth having but not worth breaking the bank to obtain. (691 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a massive white head with heavy lacing and froth on the top of the glass. The body of this is very light, perhaps a little lighter than most DIPA's that I see, but it does look appealing.

S: Heavy Citrus, guava, pineapple and mango. Heavy pine scent followed by a decent malt aroma.

T: A heavily caramelized malt presence followed closely by heavy pine flavors. As I let it linger for a bit, I picked up the heavy mango and citrus flavors. Most of the flavors in here are very well balanced and smooth. There may be a bit of an astringent aftertaste that is slightly earthy. This is probably my only off flavor in here, but otherwise this is a very nice DIPA.

M: Light to medium body for a DIPA. There are the caramelized flavors of a longer boil time in here, but not a huge caramel flavor presence. This is mostly pale malt flavor in body and could be a little heavier, but very enjoyable as it is.

O: I can definitely enjoy this, this is a great IPA. The citrus flavors are definitely there and very enjoyable, roasted sugars peeking their head out as you let it warm up. Recommended (1,100 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to epical8 for this guy. Very excited to try this!

Poured into my CBS snifter...

A: An effervescent golden orange, practically glows in the glass. Huge, pillowy two finger white head. Settles down to a quarter finger of thick, gobby blobs. Very good lacing.

S: Well hello Citra hops! Like an orange creamsicle. Loads of orange zest, pineapple, and some tangerine. Also hints of caramel malt and quite a bit of candied spice. Love, love, love it.

T: Candied orange, caramel malt, grapefruit rind, pineapple. Starts off with fairly aggressive citrus hops, then the malt seeps in and evens things out. Finish is smooth, but another fresh blast of hop oils keeps things interesting. Most notable is how light this is for a DIPA. Hops are assertive, but more sweet and spicy than overwhelmingly bitter.

M: This is the only part of the beer that doesn't quite stand up to the rest. Slightly thin and and lacking in complexity. Sweet and hoppy, but perhaps too smooth for its own good, especially for a DIPA.

O: Deserving of the hype. Didn't knock me off my feet right away, but over the entire experience, this greatly impressed me. One of the lightest and smoothest DIPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Without a trace of booze at 8.0%, this one is dangerously drinkable. Just a complete showcase for the Citra hop. Really like this. (1,353 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.45 overall rating is correct.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Beer Advocate’s Toner
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 18, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 20, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Tony!

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white, rocky head. A few light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good layered, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 4.13)

Wow. First whiff reminded me of an Alpine IPA, specifically Bad Boy or Duet. Got mango, tropical, pineapple, Citra, floral, Amarillo, light resin, grapefruit pulp, nectarine, passion fruit, wet pine, sugary caramel and red grapefruit. Delicious. (Smell - 4.88)

Taste wasn’t as potent as the smell, which would be hard to live up to anyway. Got toned down tropical, mango, pineapple, grapefruit pulp, bitter nectarine rind, Citra, some resin, caramel, peach, apricot, slight Juicy Fruit gum, light passion fruit, juice orange, floral and Amarillo. (Taste - 4.38)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, juicy, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was really, really good. However, I’ve got yesterday’s Hopslam as the wee favorite between the two. Glad I got to try this though. (Overall - 4.38)

4.45 | 99 | A (1,431 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermj for sharing this treat.

Pours a light golden orange with one finger of white head that fades quickly. No lacing.

Smell is very good - citrus hops overwhelm the nose, primarily orange. A hint of tropical fruit is in there as well. Crisp and clean, with only a light touch of hop bitterness. There are some bready malts underneath, but citrus hops are more prevalent.

Taste is super juicy and refreshing. Orange citrus with a sweet and exceptionally smooth finish. Hardly any hop bitterness, which is impressive.

Feel is pretty good - medium bodied, but could use a touch more carbinationd.

Overall - delicious, delicious beer. (648 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somehow I forgot to review this beer. Got it more than a few months back from Solomon420. Thanks D!

A - Very good, very light golden orange - pretty decent head retention

S - The most unique citrus nose of any DIPA I've ever encountered. Upfront dried fruit basket and grapefruit blast to the senses. Smells like juice. Pungent fragrant aroma. I can pick out the Citra hops, that for sure.

T - This is fruit juice in a glass. You almost forget it's beer. Grapefruit, tropical citrus, Hawaiian Punch with a bit of pine and earthiness and a almost absent malt backbone or malt profile at all to speak of. Bitter dry, crisp finish. No booze detected.

M - I like my DIPAs a bit more resinous in mouthfeel but I'm not complaining. The only flaw I found with this beer was it's lack of finish. A lot of pungent, juicy hop flavors upfront but not so much in the finish. Light mouthfeel for 8% which is impressive.

D - Like I said, it's like fruit juice in a glass, it's hard to believe this is still a beer. Way too easy going down. No problem polishing off the entire growler to my greedy self with this one.

Final Thoughts - Very unique brew on the DIPA style. A must try for any hophead. For all the hype behind it, expectations were met. It did not exceed them nor did it fall below them. Very, very good beer. (1,315 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally try one. Thanks goes out to subpoenadeuces for the trade!

A: Light amber in color with a 1.5 finger white head that has excellent retention and some nice lacing.

S: On the nose I get a lot of tropical fruits such as mango, tangerine, and pineapple. There's a smidgeon of grapefruit, but not much. I don't get any pine or earthiness. Overall a good smelling DIPA, but not all that complex.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. There's a lot of sweeter tropical type flavors and only a mild hop bitterness at the finish. While this is a fine variant of the style, I like a tad bit more bitterness in DIPAs, otherwise a phenomenal beer. With a little bigger punch at the finish this would be perfect. This beer reminds me of surly abrasive.

M: I would say this is a perfect feel. Nice aftertaste, appropriate viscosity and carbonation.

O: I very solid beer that I was glad to try. Would love a growler of this sometime. A few steps away from perfection though and probably in the top 6 DIPAs I've had, but not the top 3. (1,044 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jose for sending me this one from the heart of Sequoia National Forest. Shared with the Chicago crowd, served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of off-white foam that slowly dissipates to a chunky cap and leaves plenty of splotchy lacing. The body is a hazy, nearly opaque, golden peach color - I can just barely see my fingers through the glass. If the body glowed a bit more this would have been perfect.

S - Smells like a ton of hops! Is this really a single-hop DIPA, because it smells like there are bunch of things in here? Lots of fresh oranges, citrus rinds, notes of pine and dank earthiness, maybe a touch of chive in the periphery. The malt bill adds only the slightest bit of sugary support. When it's warm there's the slightest hint of alcohol.

T - The taste is nearly as good, with lots of juicy sugary citrus. It's still incredibly hop-forward but some of the complexity and depth has been smoothed out. Still, it's hands down quite delicious. The bitterness is surprisingly well-attenuated for the style - it's like that guy who makes a brief appearance at the party, but then cuts out long before it ends. I could actually have stood for a little more fierceness in this area. It's not quite at 4.5 level for me, but I bumped up some other areas a notch to compensate for the lower score here.

M - Nice enamel coating resins. Medium-thick body with more than a sufficient amount of heftiness. Low, softer carbonation, and a light dry finish. Very good, but not game-changing.

D - Once I opened this, I immediately regretted sharing it - I probably could have had it on my own (and then been falling-down drunk). This is up there with the most excellent Breakwater Maverick's for best DIPA of 2010, and was a little better than the fresh Dreadnaught we opened immediately afterward. Highly recommended. (1,861 characters)

Photo of hankthetank97
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citra DIPA is a hop-heads delight. It's like "chewing on a pine cone". You have to be a hop lover to enjoy, this would likely overpower any dish it could be paired with. If a hoppy beer experience is what you are looking for , this is your ticket. Best single hopped beer I have ever had. (288 characters)

Photo of s1ckboy
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened about 10 days after bottling.

A - Orange body, 2 fingers of white head. Hazy, like an IPA should be.

S - Grapefruit, orange, slight pine, sugary.

T - More subdued than the smell. Grapefruit, orange, pine, malt in the finish. A bit dry.

M - Lighter side of medium. Good amount of carbonation.

Great DIPA, smells better than it tastes. (345 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma definitely screams Double IPA. I get a lot of resiny hops, but there is also quite a bit of orange citrus mixed in. I don't get much, if any malt in the aroma.

The flavor is a hop explosion. The first hops that I get are resiny and piney, but then the fruit comes in. I get a ton of different fruit flavors. Among them are pineapples, oranges and mangos. I also get some biscuit malt mixed in to keep the bitterness at a low to medium level.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Excellent. (605 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Lost Abbey tulip. Big thanks to Jodan for the chance to try this one.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a minimal head.

S: Fresh squeezed citrus juices and lots of sweet pineapple in the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, and a little bit of a sweet malt flavor. Tropical fruits became more pronounced as it warmed.

M: Medium carbonation. Seems just right. (395 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Growler poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - HUGE citric hop punch up front that never really fades from the limelight. Some caramel malt and tropical fruits offer as much balance as they can but it is really all about the hops.

T - Still plenty of citric hops up front; just not as much as the nose; giving way slowly to a mix of light caramel malt and fresh tropical fruits. Finish is quite bitter but it doesn't last for very long. I really like this one. It is not too over the top like others, it is quite refreshing actually. Glad I finally got to try it.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp feel with a good amount of lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Dangerously high. I finally get to try this one on for size. I really enjoyed the Hill Farmstead Citra but I think the Kern River was a bit more well rounded. I hope to have this again someday, preferably on-tap! (1,144 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one inch dense white head. Opaque dull orange in color. Sticky lacing, excellent head retention.

Huge citrus/grapefruit aroma! Stray pine in there.

Hops overpower malt, no doubt about it. Great citrusy hop bite at the end of sip, pithy orange. Super drinkable at 8%abv

Smooth mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

One of the best DIPAs out that. Having said that, it's almost too over the top with the amount of bitterness it brings to the table. Definitely worth seeking out! Thanks ArchEnemyBrew!! (510 characters)

Photo of birderbeerer
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber, white head, decent lacing.

Beautiful citrus aroma. Fresh mango, some orange and pine too. Just fresh, juicy, and lush.

Taste definitely has citrus, but there's more mango sweetness than citrus pungency. Good pine presence. More malt too, as the beer warms. Not as big on hops as many of the great dipas, but it contends with them.

A great beer. (363 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to drabmuh for this bottle.

A: Almost clear dark yellow-orange in color. Forms a nice, big, fluffy, barely off-white head that leaves some sheets of lacing on the way down.

S: Unsurprisingly full of citrus and tropical fruits. Mango and passionfruit dominate, with notes of orange, pineapple, and a little caramel malt. Smells juicy.

T: Tastes much like the aroma. Starts with a light, juicy sweetness. Then lots of tropical fruit: passionfruit, mango, orange, tangerine, and mango. There is a very mild caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a surprisingly mild bitterness.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Smooth, slick, and a little chewy. Bitterness is less than one would expect on a DIPA.

O: A very good beer. Just packed full of Citra aroma and flavor, this beer needs to warm just a little to be fully appreciated. An appreciated it was. (879 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prufrock for providing this beer in trade.
Nice creamy off white head forms atop a very bright brass colored beer with very good clarity. Just a couple bubbles lazily making their way to the top of the glass. Nice retention. Interesting in that there isn’t a ton of lacing, but what sticks does so in thick clumps that, hang on for dear life.
Thick aroma that hangs in your nostrils. Bright Fresh perfume. Some sharp citrus and a touch of green.
This is one of those beers where I think I may be sucking on the hop comes. (not a terrible thing to me) Just as the initial hop blast begins to subside, you get a smack of sweetness and fruit. Melon and mango primarily for me. A touch of pepper perhaps. The more I drink it, it seems like there may be some honey like notes in here. Starbucks sells a small bag of dried mango and this really reminds me of that. You get a slight warming effect late in the flavor from the abv. Not hot, just letting you know that you shouldn’t mess with it.
Carbonation was a touch light. Body was medium and it was a touch oily and slick on your tongue.
I think this is a perfect beer where I express that I prefer single IPA’s to doubles. This is clearly a very good beer and one that all hop heads should try. Of course, I would happily trade for another bottle and drink it again. But, there’s just a touch too much in it for me. A hint of the ABV and a hint of sweetness that I would prefer dialed back.
Still a very well built beer. Thanks Dan for making this available to me. (1,536 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Marco_Gtz for this!

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a completely hazy orange body. A healthy and bubbly head is strong and holds up well. Huge aroma of sweet mangoes, fresh pineapple, heady and awesome. Flavor has pineapple at the forefront with juicy mango following right behind, has a biscuity malt finish. Taste is less intense than the aroma but drinks like a freshly squeezed glass of hoppy fruit juice. So very good! (461 characters)

Photo of linnymtu
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was pretty disappointed in this one. With the limited availability, hype, and top rating on BA, I had pretty high hopes. Frankly this does not belong in the same class as Pliny, Heady, Zombie or other world class IPAs. (220 characters)

Photo of dlello2
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle courtesy of ScottO.

A - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Very tight bubbles disappear rather quickly leaving a couple larger ones to wander the surface. Good, thick stuff.

S - Whoa. The aroma jumps from the bottle upon opening. Pineapple and mango craziness. Amarillo hops and fresh squeezed orange juice. Perhaps the least amount of grapefruit I've ever smelled in a DIPA. Beautiful.

T - Well my first sip tells me that this beer has excellent balance. It's sweet, and follows the nose up front, but then the flavor falls off in the middle. At the tail end of the swallow the fruit and bitterness creep back in for an enjoyable finish. Good, but not as exciting as the nose.

M - Full bodied without being overly sticky. Quite creamy and very smooth going down.

O - Superbly easy drinking. Didn't quite live up to the hype--with a bold name like 'Citra' I had been expecting (and hoping for) a lot more flavor. Don't get me wrong, what is offered is absolutely balanced and delicious. (1,004 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for setting me up with a bottle of this no questions asked and BHOBS for shuttling it back to the SCV!

Pours a murky honey orange with a huge 3 inch puffy tan head that packs down into a dense island of foam. Thick chunks of lace randomly line the glass on the drink down. Smell is incredible with lots of tropical fruit, peach, apricot, mango, and some citrus zest. Taste is of sweet malt, tropical fruit, peach/apricot, and mango. There is a slightly assertive citrus zest hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a light crispness and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA with the wonderful tropical fruit aromas and flavors I have come to love in hoppy beers. I am very glad I got to try this one as I had absolutely no luck getting a bottle myself. (861 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. It's from the last bottling (early November) which makes this over a month old.

The hype around this beer is insane. This bottle is a month old, so I will try to keep that in consideration.

It looks great. Beautiful golden-orange color with a head that disappears as fast as looking at Grannies with Trannys.

Aroma explodes with Citra and Amarillo hops characteristics. Candied mango, pineapple and orange are the cliche characteristics of a beer hopped to shit with 'tropical fruit hops.' There is a nice resinous backbone that keep this from being 'perfumey.' HINTS of garlic are present, but only due to the insane amounts of hops used in this beer. Alcohol comes out slightly the more the beer warms, but only slightly.

Flavor is nice and balanced in terms of sweet fruit and bitter hops. Hops bite when you take that first sip, but fade to open a presence of herbaceous and tropical fruit notes mid-palate with the finish being long and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied without being syrupy. Minimal carbonation is present but just enough to help accentuate the hops and other characteristics.

Overall I was very impressed that this beer was still as good as it was after a month. It isn't 'legendary' as it might have been at 1-2 weeks, but it was still one of the better double IPAs I have had. A great experience and I'm really glad I got to FINNALY tick it off my list. (1,412 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very light pale yellow with almost no head but some tin white lacing. Nose is amazing, pineapple, grapefruit and pine.

Taste has a light touch of sweet malt, there's a lot, lot of fruity sweet deliciouness. Mouthfeel is lacing, super thin and light. Overall though it's very good. (330 characters)

Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.